After several very late-season snowstorms, it finally appears to be springtime in Colorado – and not a moment too soon as commencement is just around the corner. As this is my first spring in Colorado (coming from Florida), I’ve been assured by some that this is normal weather around these parts, and assured by others that it’s highly unusual. In any case, there’s a lot going on at Colorado State University come rain, snow, or sunshine.
First, early congratulations to all of our graduating students. This year, the College will confer degrees on 141 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine candidates, 88 graduate students, and 132 undergraduate students. I’m looking forward to participating in the 2013 Spring Commencement ceremonies and personally wishing our students all the best in their next endeavors.
In addition to commencement, this also is the time of year that we honor excellence in our faculty and staff members. At the Celebrate! Colorado State Awards reception on May 7, two of our own were recognized with University-wide awards. Dr. John Belisle received the prestigious Scholarship Impact Award, the University’s highest award for accomplishment in research; and Thom Hadley was presented the Distinguished Administrative Professional Award. Check out the article in this month’s E-Insight to read more about these awards and others.
Last month, we held the College’s 2013 Spring Forum. There was a great attendance with more than 300 faculty and staff members, with time after the business portion of the forum for socializing with colleagues. If you had photos taken at the forum, they are now posted and available for download. Dean Hendrickson and I also held a "Town Hall" meeting with our veterinary students to discuss the current veterinary medical program, and how we can help support them in their veterinary education. The meeting was well attended and the students gave us a lot of great ideas. Dean and I plan to host these town hall meetings with our students every semester.
In April, we also celebrated the grand opening of the Equine Reproduction Laboratory. This was a fantastic event with a wonderful turnout of those who have contributed to the reconstruction of this world-renown facility. Also joining in the celebration was Chancellor Michael Martin, President Tony Frank, Provost Tony Miranda, and the many faculty, staff and students who keep the doors open and the lights on at the ERL. Thanks to everyone who joined us for the event, as well as for the Legends of Ranching sale and consignment dinner that evening. I was able to attend, along with several of our faculty members, and celebrate with so many people who have devoted their time and efforts to help us build programs of equine excellence at CSU. Thanks also to those who worked so hard to orchestrate both events and make it a wonderful day.
Prior to the ERL event, I was able to travel to Arizona where we had a reception for Colorado State alumni. I received a warm welcome there and was able to meet graduates from across Colorado State University, as well as alumni from our own College. Next week, I’ll be heading to California where Art and Catherine Nicholas are hosting a reception in their home for alumni, donors and parents of CSU students.
Finally, I’d like to welcome two new members of our CVMBS family. Pam Jones will be joining us this month as our new Executive Director of Advancement. Pam comes to us from the University of Colorado and we are looking forward to having her join our team. Coleman Cornelius joined the College on May 1 as our new Director of Communications, coming to us from the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Again, congratulations to all of our graduates and I look forward to seeing you next week at what is sure to be a wonderful (and sunny) spring commencement.
Mark Stetter, DVM DACZM
Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences